Ruthin has become the first Denbighshire town to be awarded Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)’s Coach Friendly Town status.
The historic market town has been awarded after Ruthin town councillors dedicated two years to achieving the criteria set by the (CPT). Coach-friendly requirements include clear signage for visiting coaches, facilities for tour groups and suitable parking provision.
Ruthin councillors have also improved the town council’s website by adding additional information about attractions and trails that coach companies and tour organisers can visit.
Heather Williams, Ruthin town councillor and chairman of the working group, says: “A couple of years ago the Denbighshire County Council Tourism Marketing and Events team invited representatives of town and city councils to go on a learning journey to Betws-y-Coed.
“While there, we had discussions with the destination manager of Conwy County Borough Council about how they had achieved coach-friendly status for three towns.
“Following this visit, Ruthin Town Council set up a working group to assess how Ruthin could meet the criteria needed to meet coach-friendly status.
“We are now really pleased to be awarded this prestigious title. We hope that this new status will enable the town to attract more coach tours, and therefore more visitors, to this historic and attractive town.”
Anne Roberts, Ruthin town councillor and member of the working group, adds: “It is hoped that the award for Ruthin will encourage other places in Denbighshire to work on achieving coach-friendly status in order to encourage even more visitors to the county.”